Got a trade? Got it made


Got a Trade Week 2015 — being held from August 21-28 — is part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of workplace qualifications among job seekers, their teachers and parents.

There’s no doubt that New Zealand needs more skilled tradespeople than ever before.

The 2014 Talent Shortage Survey, produced by Manpower Group, showed that engineers, technicians and skilled trades feature among the top-five jobs employers have difficulty filling across Asia-Pacific.

Globally, skilled trades are the highest in demand.

Got a Trade Week 2015 aims to enhance public perception of training and career prospects in New Zealand’s service and trade industries by getting up close and personal with modern-day apprentices and trainees, and the companies that employ them.

Their stories will inspire and encourage conversations at home, at school and in the workplace.

Got a Trade Week 2015 brings to life the needs and aspirations of young New Zealanders trying to find where they fit in the world.
It will also show the sense of pride that comes from acquiring new skills and qualifications on the job.

A comprehensive digital strategy will be supported by an official launch, as well as targeted advertising, media coverage and direct marketing.

Public and media events

The inaugural Got a Trade Week 2015 is a national programme of public and media events that celebrate the talent and achievements of trade apprentices and trainees.

Launched at the 2014 Careers Expo, the Got a trade? Got it made campaign is the collaborative brainchild of seven Industry Training Organisations – BCITO, Competenz, Connexis, HITO, MITO, Service IQ and The Skills Organisation.

As part of Got a Trade Week 2015, the BCITO Got a Trade Day is taking place on Thursday, August 27, when the BCITO’s 14 regional teams will be joining with local industry and employers to host career seekers at a number of construction-related facilities and locations.

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Next month:

Carpentry apprentice Cody Webby’s got it made — just one of the stories that the BCITO is sharing as part of the Got a trade? Got it made campaign.